Poetry and Topeka

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There’s an old joke told among residents of Topeka, Kansas that goes like this: “What’s the difference between Topeka and yogurt?” “Yogurt has an active culture.”

Over at Lit Hub, Amy Brady maps Kansas’s capital city of Topeka’s long tradition of poetry writing, coming up with four theories about the strange relationship between the town and verse writing.


Guia Cortassa was born, lives, and works in Milan, Italy. After working as a Contemporary Art curator, she went back to writing. She is a contributing editor for Ondarock and her writing has appeared on Rivista Studio, Flair and the Quietus. She compulsively tweets @gcmorvern. More from this author →